Name: Richard Edgcomb
Birth: 1455 1
Death: 7 SEP 1489 in Morlaix, France 2
Burial: Morlaix, France
Residence: Cotehele, Devon
Occupation: Sheriff of Devon 1487
Cause: Died on errand for Henry VII
Note: 3 4|
Change Date: 23 FEB 2008
Sir Richard Edgecombe led a local rebellion against Richard II (after hearing of the murder of the Princes in the Tower), fought for Henry VII on Bosworth Field and became one of that king?s most trusted ambassadors.
Richard is famous for his Peter Pan - like escape from Richard III?s agents: slipping through the cordon they threw around Cotehele, he hurtled down the lower garden, past the stewpond and around the dovecote. When he reached the Tamar, he weighted his cap with a stone, threw it in the river and hid. His pursuers rode away, convinced their quarry had died. (National Trust magazine Spring 2003)
The original medieval manor-house of Cothele was rebuilt between 1490 and 1520 by Sir Richard Edgecumbe and his son, Piers [d 1539]. They followed the original plan of the house, improving and enlarging the facilities using local granite, sandstone and slate. The family moved to Mount Edgecumbe, 10 miles to the south, in 1553, with Cotehele only occasionally being occupied ever since.
This Tudor home has remained virtually unaltered since the move to Mount Edgecumbe.
His son Piers married Joan, the heiress of Stephen Durnford, and by her acquired the estates of East and West Stonehouse.
Father: Peter or Piers Edgcomb b: ABT 1415
Mother: Elizabeth Holland
- Margaret Edgcombe
- Elizabeth Edgecombe
- Elizabeth Edgcomb
- Type: Gedcom File
Title: Familysearch.com Pedigree Resource
- Type: Book
Periodical: Edgcumbes of Edgcumbe
Author: Bina Elizabeth Martin
Location: Dennis L. Maness on rootsweb
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Shell Guide to England
Author: Ed John Hadfield
- Type: Web Site